What Is a Python Package?

A Python package is simply a directory, usually containing Python modules (source files with the .py extension). It frequently will include a special marker file, __init__.py. Packages can easily be created and used locally, and published packages can be installed using pip. Learning to install public packages and create packages locally is not difficult, though … Read more

Is Python Slow? Separating the Myths from the Facts

Winning the foot race.

Yes, it’s true that Python is slower at runtime than some other languages, but it’s fast enough for the tasks for which it is commonly used. Yes, it’s true that Python is slower at runtime than some other languages, but it’s fast enough for the tasks for which it is commonly used. For the most common tasks, the popular libraries use well-optimized C code — but you don’t need to know C to use them. We separate the facts from the myths.

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